Tomorrow evening, Radiohead is scheduled to rock Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park in a sold out show in front of 40,000 adoring fans. If you are a regular reader of these pages, you’re probably no stranger to the concert and the controversy it generated after the band told a bunch of anti-Israel activists—including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and the filmmaker Ken Loach—precisely what they can do with their calls to boycott the Jewish State. Being a real rock band, Radiohead understands that its art form, when done right, is all about emotional candor, not morally preening political theater. And so, now that all the shouting’s over and the show’s about to begin, here’s Radiohead rehearsing “All I Need” earlier today in Tel Aviv:
Liel Leibovitz is editor at large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One.